Brett Kavanaugh and the Midterm Effect

5 faith facts on Trump’s Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh — He’s Catholic conservative and has opined on abortion and birth control

"Absolute joy" is how former Whitewater independent counsel and Baylor University president Ken Starr says he felt when he learned President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Not to be outdone, Maryland's junior U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen says Kavanaugh on the court represents a vote for "king-like powers for the president of the United States".

"His outstanding qualifications is going to make very hard for people to vote against him", he said. "The American public deserves to know what Kavanaugh saw and heard, and if he did witness or hear about any harassment, what he did or could have done to report it".

But what a fix he's in with President Trump's nomination of federal judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

The second scenario is like the first, except with one or two Republicans opposing Kavanaugh, thereby putting Democratic senators in Republican states in the hot seat.

"There will be the usual attempts to sully his reputation, not only in the Senate but outside the Senate, but he'll be able to handle it, and I have every confidence he'll be confirmed", Hatch said.

So far, centrist Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) in an effort to overcome the GOP's slim Senate majority.

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"His introduction of that concept, I believe, appeared to lay the foundation for what ultimately became John Roberts' opinion to which the majority of the Supreme Court Justices joined to uphold ObamaCare".

The two groups are also planning a bus tour in mid-September to support Kavanaugh in all of the states, with the exception of Montana. They already have also been hammering the message that he would vote to undermine key progressive priorities like the landmark Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights and the Supreme Court decision affirming the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

"There's a potential here for things to get really snarled", he said, adding he believes the Senate should hold off on a confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh until all the documents are reviewed. Many liberal experts initially dismissed conservative arguments that Congress had exceeded its traditional power to regulate commerce, but those arguments ended up getting the votes of Justices Samuel Alito Jr., Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Both of them voted to confirm Kavanaugh in 2006 when he was nominated to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. He said the judge noted that he had proposed that Congress impose limits on investigations of sitting presidents. Trump "picked the one guy who has specifically written that a president should not be the subject of a criminal investigation, which the president is right now", Booker said. At the event, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that he will fight the nomination "with everything I've got".

And then there's the math problem: Let's say Kavanaugh is utterly corrupt, that he plans to serve as Trump's toady on the Supreme Court.

"They had signs printed out for all four of the different people who might have been picked so that they could have their mad libs protests - use your sharpie and fill in whoever the devil's going to be that's supposedly going to end the world before he's even been picked", continued Sasse.

Still, with gun control advocates mobilized following February's deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the court may instead take aim at more modest measures, like one that may be headed to the justices from New York City this fall. Those included a number of disputed cases, including ones supporting same-sex marriage and a woman's right to an abortion.

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